Tag Archives: Encouragement

138: Interview With Steve Simms

Today, Gavin has a conversation with Steve Simms from Nashville, Tennessee. Steve has been practicing simple forms of church for more than 40 years and shares some of his insights and principles of the Christian life he has learned along the way. Steve is the author of “Beyond Church: An Invitation to Experience the Lost World of the Bible.”

 

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To read or watch more of what Steve Simms has to say to the modern church, check out his blog at:

https://hopethoughts.com/

 

 

 

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137: Your Marriage Is Ministry

For those of you who are married, do you look at your life together as a ministry? Do you think about all the people you will influence during your lives? Today, Tom and Gavin talk about a little known, but very influential couple from the book of Acts named Priscilla and Aquila and the tremendous influence they had on Paul, Apollos, the Church then and Christianity today.

 

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To hear Ben Stuart’s sermon about Priscilla and Aquila, click here:

 

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136: Interview with Felicity Dale

Gavin continues his “Simple Church Conversations” with an interview with Felicity Dale, one of the pioneers of the recent house church movement in America. Felicity, along with her husband Tony, have been very active in planting simple churches for more than 30 years. Felicity is the author of Simply Church, An Army of Ordinary People: Stories of Real-Life Men and Women Simply Being the Church, and Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches.

 

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135: How Important is Hospitality to Church Practice? to Christianity Itself?

Today, Tom and Gavin discuss hospitality and its impact on people. Hospitality – serving others – is not easy. It can be hard work and frankly, not many people know how to do it well. It seems to be a dying art in our modern culture. But if practiced consistently, hospitality can bring people closer to each other and to God. As followers of Christ, we would do well to rethink the importance of hospitality to our Christian witness.

 

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134: Interview With Bart Scarborough from “Ancient Way Farm” Part 2

Today, Gavin continues his “Simple Church Conversations” by interviewing a good friend, Bart Scarborough. Bart is currently operating a spiritual retreat center in Georgia called The Ancient Way Farm. Bart and Gavin discuss the current unhealthy trend of frenetic ministry and encourage a more focused but slower, deliberate way of healthy ministry through reflection and relationship. 

 

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https://ancientwayfarm.com/

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133: Interview With Bart Scarborough from “Ancient Way Farm”

Today, Gavin continues his “Simple Church Conversations” by interviewing a good friend, Bart Scarborough. Bart is currently operating a spiritual retreat center in Georgia called The Ancient Way Farm. Bart and Gavin discuss the current unhealthy trend of frenetic ministry and encourage a more focused but slower, deliberate way of healthy ministry through reflection and relationship. 

 

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132: Interview With Nick Sefton from Beacon House Church Network in Indianapolis

Gavin kicks off his “Simple Church Conversations” with Nick Sefton who helps lead a house church ministry in Indianapolis Indiana called Beacon.  Listen as Nick shares how house church began for him after many years of leading traditional church ministries. Nick and Gavin discuss several of the lessons that they have learned through following Christ outside the legacy church. 

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To find out more about Beacon in Indianapolis, go here:

https://www.beaconindy.org/

 

 

 

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131: Creeds, Confessions, Catechisms, and Statements of Faith

Does your simple church adhere to a Statement of Faith or Creed? Does it use a Catechism to help disciple new believers? What value do these extra-biblical texts have for the simple church? Tom and Gavin examine these centuries-old documents and discuss the pros and cons of systematic theology for the simple church.

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Here is a link to free online versions of the Apostles’ Creed and other helpful documents:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/history/creeds-confessions/

 

Here is a link to Rich Mullins’ song, “Creed.”

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130: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part Three

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. Today we discuss the importance of “receiving love” in the Christian life and in pursuit of simple/house/micro church. This is part three of a three part series.

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129: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part Two

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. This is part two of a two part series.

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